So you've followed the suggestions in You can return to the workforce: Part 2 and you are ready to get serious about your job search. Consider going to a job training facility and attending classes. The support of both the staff and your classmates will help keep you focused and minimize the frustration that often accompanies a job search. Whatever you do, find other people who are serious about going back to work and support one another.
Now you are ready for the next step:
- Write an elevator speech. An elevator speech is 30-60 seconds long and succinctly explains who you are. It should include your name and job field. This is a professional speech- avoid information about your family and hobbies, unless pertinent to the job field you are seeking. Remember the listener wants to know what he will get. Make it positive, highlighting the skills that make you a great candidate and the personal traits that identify you as the best person to have on the team. Make sure the person hears that you are the solution to their problem.
- Read your speech to someone in your class/support group and let them give you feedback. Friends and family are usually not helpful at this stage, as they may avoid correcting you or may unintentionally embarrass you.
- Listen to and apply the feedback as needed. Re-write your speech.
- Present your speech to the class again. Become comfortable with the wording and make changes as needed.
- Memorize the speech. Practice in front of the group. Walk in, shake someones hands and begin. Smile, make eye contact, speak with confidence and minimize distracting movements.
For examples of elevator speeches, check out my article: Examples of elevator speeches.
Adding an elevator speech, while continuing to investigate potential job opportunities, will prepare you for unexpected opportunities that come along and for a scheduled interview in the future.
Do something everyday. Great work habits are formed before you ever get a job.